Augusta National Scorecard: Hole Names, Yards, Pars and More

Augusta National scorecard

Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive golf clubs on the planet, a place that cares mightily about its reputation and about appearances. But the Augusta National scorecard, on the other hand, is about as plain-Jane as it gets: simple dark text on a white background.

Nothing fancy, no wasted words or excess information, no special graphics. Just the facts: the Augusta National logo on the scorecard's front cover, hole names on the back cover, and inside the holes, yardages from both the members' tees and Masters tees, pars and handicap ratings.

Most American golf courses list their holes across, so golfers write their scores in a horizontal row. The Augusta National scorecard, however, shows holes listed vertically, in columns, which is the traditional British way of arranging a golf scorecard.

The Augusta National Scorecard Numbers and Hole Names

Here is the info contained within the Augusta National scorecard (if the hole number is linked, you can click on it to view more info about that specific hole):

  Name Par Member
Yards
Masters
Yards
Hcp
Rating
Hole 1 Tea Olive 4 365 445 9
Hole 2 Pink Dogwood 5 515 575 1
Hole 3 Flowering Peach 4 340 350 13
Hole 4 Flowering Crab Apple 3 170 240 15
Hole 5 Magnolia 4 400 455 5
Hole 6 Juniper 3 165 180 17
Hole 7 Pampas 4 330 450 11
Hole 8 Yellow Jasmine 5 480 570 3
Hole 9 Carolina Cherry 4 395 460 7
Out   36 3160 3725  
Hole 10 Camellia 4 450 495 6
Hole 11 White Dogwood 4 400 505 8
Hole 12 Golden Bell 3 145 155 16
Hole 13 Azalea 5 455 510 4
Hole 14 Chinese Fir 4 380 440 12
Hole 15 Firethorn 5 475 530 2
Hole 16 Red Bud 3 145 170 18
Hole 17 Nandina 4 370 440 14
Hole 18 Holly 4 385 465 10
In   36 3205 3710  
Total   72 6365 7435  

One thing you might have noticed: All the yardages are in increments of five, so the yardage for every hole ends in only five or zero. What's up with that? Are there really no holes at Augusta National Golf Club or in The Masters tournament that measure to any other number? Is the club that precise?

No, actually: It's just a tradition the club carries on. ANGC and Masters co-founder Clifford Roberts decreed the to-the-closest-five rule for course yardages in the early 1930s. Since actual yardages change daily based on pin locations, Roberts wanted the simplicity and, probably, the order of using only increments of five.

Augusta National scorecard front and back covers

More Facts About the Augusta National Scorecard

Augusta National scorecards are not that difficult to find for golfers interested in them as collectibles. Attendees at The Masters Tournament enjoy asking Masters golfers to autograph them, and retailers and auction houses that deal in sports collectibles typically have such items for sale or bid.

Another way you'll find them for sale is framed along with photographs of the golf course. Even that most mainstream of retailers, Amazon.com, has plenty of Augusta National scorecards available.

Did you notice there is something missing from the info on the scorecard? There are no USGA Course Ratings or USGA Slope ratings. That's because Augusta National has never asked the USGA to rate the course (Augusta members have their own handicap system used only at the club). However, a couple times in history a band of USGA raters has gathered at the course during Masters Tournament week and surreptitiously taken measurements and made calculations. The result is an estimate of Augusta National's ratings: The unofficial Course Rating is 78.1, and the unofficial Slope Rating is 137.

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